Gremlin quench stops Large Hadron Collider

You know what it is like. You have these plans to smash particles up to the speed of light. Then a quench comes around and stops you. Rather like my mother’s train set enthuisastic friend who took the track away after hours of painstakingly putting it together because I caused two trains to crash.

Superconducting magnets, cooled down using liquefied helium

Superconducting magnets, cooled down using liquefied helium

A quench for the LHC was a magnet failure, (where they overheated and helium leaked out). So far the particles have only gone around the underground system. They have not yet had the staisfaction, as i had with my train set, of seeing them hit head on.

The setback comes just a day after the LHC’s beam was restored after engineers replaced a faulty transformer that had hindered progress for much of the past week.

A rampaging transformer and a heated quench. How long before some one suggests that forces beyond nature are trying to prevent the destruction of the universe? Or maybe a project taking thirteen years and $6.6bn maybe teething problems should be expected.

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